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epolicy for Young Leaders | Webinar based introductory course in public policy

Event Date: 29 Aug To 05 Sep 2020; Time: 10 AM to 6 PM
Venue: Online

  • What is the ideal role of government in society?
  • What is a public good?
  • How come markets work in certain circumstances, but not in others?
  • Why are some laws difficult to implement?
  • How can India become a developed country?

To get some answers to these and more questions, come attend epolicy for Young Leaders.

epolicy for Young Leaders is a two-day online certificate course introducing students and young professionals to a liberal approach to public policy. Our aim is to provide you with a first look at public policy, with expert interaction, and an opportunity to network with the Centre for Civil Society’s alumni base of over 8,000 students and young professionals.

Come and learn with us over two days. epolicy has six live webinar sessions by eminent public policy experts. Around the session days, you get to see cool videos and network with fellow participants and policy experts.

We only accept 35 participants in each course!

Upcoming courses

Dates: 29th August and 05th September 2020
Time: 10 AM to 6 PM, both days
Applications Close: 17th August 2020
Fee: Rs. 1500 ( 10% early bird discount available)

The fee is payable upon selection and has to be made online.

For any queries, email swati.rao@ccs.in.

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eColloquium on Terracotta Environmentalism: Bridging Market and Green Approaches

Event Date: 23 Aug 2020; Time: 09:30 AM to 06:00 PM IST
Venue: Online


The Centre for Civil Society (CCS) is pleased to announce an eColloquium on Terracotta Environmentalism: Bridging Market and Green Approaches on 23rd August 2020.

At a time when environmentalists around the world are working towards solutions of immediate concern, it is important to reflect on the feasibility and resilience of these solutions that rely almost entirely on state capacity or central planning to fix the environment.

The eColloquium on Terracotta Environmentalism seeks to explore the role of private players, local communities and legal incentives in protecting the natural environment and wildlife. The eColloquium will provide a platform to read, reflect, and reason out a community-centric approach to environmental issues that focuses on people as the centre for action on the environment.


What is an eColloquium?

A CCS eColloquium is an online in-depth discussion centred on a chosen theme. The colloquium provides participants with an opportunity to disentangle themselves from the distractions of everyday life to reflect on issues of fundamental and enduring importance. Through this program, we create an environment where participants are encouraged to contribute to the discussions by sharing their understanding of the Readings. The eColloquium is also an endeavour to develop innovative ideas and approaches for the advancement of liberalism today.

Unlike a conventional conference, eColloquium explores a specific theme by discussing a common reader (a curated collection of readings), that is read before the program. The shared inquiry is guided by a moderator who encourages thinking, asks probing questions, keeps things moving, but does not indulge in one-way monologues, lectures and does not advocate her/his own personal biases and interpretation of the texts. The purpose of the discussions is to challenge participants to examine, refine, and develop their own ideas by engaging with others.

The discussions at the eColloquium follow a certain code of conduct. Participants are encouraged to listen attentively to the thoughts, concerns and questions of others to deepen their understanding of the issue and of each other.


How does it Work?

CCS will select 20 participants from a pool of applicants based on the merit of their application. All students, young professionals, policy enthusiasts as well as CCS' alumni are encouraged to apply.

The eColloquium reader is a set of articles, chapters from books, op-eds and blogs which are compiled together by CCS to articulate a flow in the reading. Participants are required to read and reflect on these texts carefully before the colloquium as it serves as the foundation for the discussions on the day of the program. Participants are responsible for the content of the discussions, thus the quality of the program depends entirely on their thorough preparation.

We provide a Certificate of participation for the participants of eColloquium, who successfully attend and contribute to the discussions in all the sessions during the eColloquium.


Details:

Date: 23rd August 2020
Time: 09:30 AM to 06:00 PM IST (Lunch break and other breaks between sessions)
Applications Deadline: 31st July 2020
Fee: Rs. 500/-
(10% Discount to all CCS’ Alumni. The fee is payable upon selection and has to be made online)

Eligibility

Students, young professionals, policy enthusiasts and think-tank leaders are welcome to apply for the eColloquium. We are accepting applications until the midnight of 31st July 2020.
We provide a certificate of participation for those who successfully attend and contribute to the discussions in all the sessions during the eColloquium.


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English Bolo - Empowering Children with Spoken English Skills

Event Date: 31 Jul 2020; Time: 10:30 AM to 6 PM
Venue: Online

About the Project:

English Bolo is a Spoken English Project, that focuses on children studying in Low Cost Private schools and Government schools across India.

Scope of this project

  1. Provide free access to premium mobile applications that use gamified lessons, and practice games to develop Spoken English skills
  2. Content of the Apps is designed according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)
  3. Children who complete 125 Modules on the Application will advance 1 level on CEFR scale. All children who complete at least 1 CEFR level will receive a Certificate
  4. Through the app the kids not only gain confidence in conversing in english, but are also provided with a European standard certification (CEFR). The schools and teachers that participate in the project will receive many rewards, incentives and recognition throughout the course of this project.

For schools that are interested in participating in this project can fill this form and then download this excel and send us the filled excel file on eb@ccs.in or Whatsapp Us

Fake News Conference | Webinar based workshop on disinformation, media freedom and its impact on liberty

Event Date: 26 Jul 2020; Time: 11:30 AM to 05:45 PM
Venue: Online

Fake News Conference

About the Program

The Fake New Conference (FNC) will bring together 30 journalists, media professionals and media students, with policy and domain experts and leading liberal thought-leaders to dialogue on the state of the media, the limits of disinformation, misinformation and fake news, and the role of the media in protecting and furthering freedoms.

The conference is conceptualised as an online, in-depth discussion, dialogue, and workshop on fake news and fact-checking. It provides participants with an opportunity to disentangle themselves from the distractions of everyday life to reflect on issues of fundamental and enduring importance. Participants will be expected to share their advanced understandings of the relationship between disinformation, public policy and regulatory frameworks, and personal freedoms and human rights to develop innovative ideas and approaches for bringing specific policy solutions to advance liberal perspectives in media regulation today.

Apply now to register for the 1-day workshop Conference on Fake News, organized by Centre for Civil Society in collaboration with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FNF). The course will be entirely conducted online on Zoom and an e-certificate will be issued after all the conditions are fulfilled.

Application Details:

Applications Open: 19th June 2020
Application Deadline: 18th July 2020
Program Date: 26th July 2020
Time: 11:30 AM to 05:45 PM
Course fee: Rs 500/- (the fee is payable upon selection and has to be made online)

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For any queries, please contact krish@ccs.in.

Conference Schedule

 
Time Session Name Description
11:30 am - 12:00 pm Introduction – What is 'Fake News'? An introduction to the concept of Fake News, contemporary debates surrounding it, why it is important to discern fake news, and a glossary of terminology.
12:00 pm - 01:00 pm The Scope and Limits of Media Regulation In an attempt to curb the problem of disinformation, the Indian Government plans to introduce rules to regulate social media - under the assumption that it can cause ‘unimaginable disruption’ to democracy. Facebook already acts as a curator of content; our Facebook feed features only 5% of news stories from your friends and contacts. With more regulation who decides on what this 5% should contain? What is the scope for regulation in this area? Does Germany’s “Netzwerkdurchsetzungsgesetz” or Facebook Law make sense in the Indian context?
01:00 pm - 02:00 pm Lunch break
02:00 pm - 03:30 pm Workshop on Fact Checking The impact of disinformation and fake news on media institutions is a general loss of credibility of and trust in them. Journalists need to earn that trust back and need to continually work towards building trust in media. How can they do that? Data Journalism, which is becoming more and more prominent, can both help and hinder in this effort. How can journalists use the Right to Information laws in India? And in what way can secret sources/whistleblowers be protected from retaliation?
03:30 pm - 04:00 pm Break
04:00 pm - 05:30 pm Panel Discussion: Disinformation and the Human Rights Perspective Disinformation and fake news pose a unique threat to human rights. At one level, they distort the truth and their effects, making societies vulnerable to manipulation, and resulting in declining public trust in objective sources of information. On the other hand, freedom of expression is the cornerstone of human rights. Even purveyors of fake news have the same rights as all of us. How do we limit manipulation by fake news and build due regulatory frameworks without violating important human rights?
5:30 pm - 5:45 pm Vote of thanks/Closing

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For any queries, please contact krish@ccs.in.

Austrian Economics Seminar | Webinar based advanced epolicy certificate course on Austrian Economics

Event Date: 18 Jul To 19 Jul 2020; Time: 9:30 AM to 6:30 PM on both days
Venue: Online

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Rooted in the tradition of Austrian-born economists Carl Menger, Ludwig von Mises, and F.A. Hayek, “Austrian” economics is not a specific field within economics, nor is it a set of conclusions. It is an entirely different approach to understanding the social reality that dissents from the mainstream method, theory, and policy.

Austrian economics aims to understand society using realistic premises, instead of making unrealistic assumptions such as “perfect knowledge,” “perfect competition,” or “perfect governments.” It focuses on understanding dynamic social processes of coordination, learning, and discovery ubiquitous in a world of constant change, rather than focusing on static models. And most essentially, Austrian economics views human beings as unique, conscious, choosing agents, not as undifferentiated data to be aggregated or manipulated mathematically or politically.

The AES will illustrate the fundamental theoretical insights of the Austrian school of economics in an introductory way and show the usefulness of these insights in terms of their relevance to creating either the prosperity and freedom, or poverty and oppression in India.


Details:

Apply now to register for the 2-day advanced epolicy certificate course on the fundamentals of Austrian school of economics and be part of the 1st cohort. Only 30 participants will be selected based on the answers in the application form. The course will be entirely conducted online on Zoom and an e-certificate will be provided to the successful* candidates.

Applications Open: 18th June 2020
Application Deadline: 5th July 2020
Program Date: 18th - 19th July 2020
Time: 9:30 AM to 6:30 PM on both days
Course fee: Rs 1,000/- (the fee is payable upon selection and has to be made online)

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For any queries, please feel free to reach us at sidhartha@ccs.in.